How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Using a specific wavelength of light that is selectively absorbed by the melanin surrounding the hair follicle, the laser is applied to the skin and the heat is conducted down to the base of the follicle and coagulates or cuts of the blood flow to the follicle. At the same time the Elysion’ cool freeze’ technology cools the skin to protect and avoid any damage to the surrounding skin.

The hair will be destroyed and removed permanently and over the next week will fall out leaving the skin hair free and smooth. Laser hair removal works by means of selective photothermolysis which is based on the selective destruction of the hair follicle, protecting, as much as possible, the surrounding structures: the epidermis and the dermis.


What Type of Skin Type and Hair Colour Can be Treated?

The Elysion multi-disciplinary, clinically proven platform, is designed to work for all skin and hair types. Standard IPL models for instance, treat only lighter skin with darker hair and therefore not everyone is suitable. Also, some darker skin types have too much melanin to treat safely by IPL and you cannot be treated you if your skin is tanned. The Elysion laser hair removal dual wavelength technology allows all skin types to have laser hair removal including Asian, White and Black. We treat both men and women who wish to remove unwanted hair permanently. 


Worth Getting Laser Hair Removal? Is It Worth It?

Laser hair removal used to be the domain of the wealthy elite. Laser hair removal is becoming the best and most popular hair removal treatment because it is safe, long lasting and relatively affordable. It is a technique that uses laser technology to give you a long lasting solution against unwanted body hair. With only a few treatments, laser hair removal can give you the best results you only ever dreamt of with your waxing or shaving. Vanité clinic are committed to bringing the latest, safest, fastest and best laser hair removal technology so you can make an easy decision when it comes to choose.

To give you a clear perspective, here is why you should try using the Elysion hair Removal at Vanité clinic:

  • The Elysion technology drastically reduces the growth of hair in targeted regions.
  • You can use it anywhere on the body for maximum results.
  • Less painful compared to waxing.
  • Your skin is left smooth and hairless.
  • Treatment performed by a professional.


How does treatment feel?

Most clients find treatment comfortable as Elysion laser system incorporates advanced integrated cooling. Its patented ‘cool freeze’ skin cooling technology keeps the skin at a cool temperature throughout treatment protecting the skin and ensuring a painless treatment. Elysion also has a dynamic mode that is completely painless and can even be used on tanned skin.

If clients have a low pain threshold then they can ease any discomfort during the process by having some numbing cream applied upon request.


Where Should I Remove Hair?

Where should I remove hair is a question often considered by many. The answer is probably due to the unknown of whether it will hurt, be effective or cost too much. However, laser hair removal can be used to get rid of unwanted hairs in large and small areas. Each area of the body is expected to receive the great permanent results after a series of about 6 sessions.

So when you have made up your mind to have laser hair removal but still ask “where should I remove hair”, we would recommend the following areas:

  • Under the armpits
  • On the face
  • The chin area
  • Above the lip
  • Chest area
  • Stomach
  • On the back
  • Lower abdomen
  • On the legs
  • Arms
  • Feet
  • Hands


Your Treatment Plan

The first step is to book a free consultation so we can assess your suitability and answer any questions you may have. You will then receive a very clear costing based on area and time taken for treatment. See our price list for a guideline. Our prices are lower than other clinics who use older slower laser technology as Elysion is one of the fastest lasers for hair removal.

Prior to beginning your treatment course, we will perform a patch test to ensure no adverse reactions and you may then book your first treatment after 24 hours. Treatment sessions will be scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart. During your consultation we will ask you to complete a full health questionnaire to identify any contraindications If you suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) we can treat effectively but you will require ongoing maintenance treatment.


Laser Hair Removal- How Many Treatments Does It Take?

“How many treatments does it take for the hair to be removed permanently” is a commonly asked question. In short the answer will be approximately 36 weeks. If the hair grows in a six week cycle and on average it takes 6 laser hair removal treatments to remove 95% of the hair then 6 x 6 = 36 weeks.

Laser hair removal is nowadays the preferred option to remove hair and can be performed on any skin but the results will vary according to each skin type. Ideally, the quality of the laser technology and the individual’s skin will determine the efficiency of the whole treatment but it is expected that a vast majority (95%) of hairs should be removed on the target area after the necessary sessions.


How many treatments on the chin, lip and brow?

Since the treatment works by destroying the hair follicles, you can achieve permanent results by undergoing multiple treatments. It is normal to pay for a course of 6 sessions. This is generally the amount required to permanently remove almost all the hair in the targeted area. Areas such as the chin, above the lip and between the brows, where there is less hair, generally take fewer sessions.


How long is hair growth?

It is not always practical to book the whole course due to booked engagements elsewhere, such as holidays. If this is the case then you would discuss this with your therapist who will advise what to do with regards to shaving (should you not wish to see any hair growth during your time away).

After the initial treatment, the hairs will generally reduce by up to 25%. Your following treatments will result in differing hair reduction but enough to make a noticeable difference. As mentioned, it must be stressed that continual visible results between each session will depend on skin type and the quality of the laser used. New lasers such as Elysion are proven to reduce the amount of laser hair removal sessions and therefore cut your cost which makes laser hair removal cheaper.


How long is the treatment time?

Your laser hair removal treatment time will vary depending on the area targeted and can be 5 mins for areas such as the chin, above the lip and between the brows . Back and larger legs can be as  much as 30 minutes. You must also take into account the signing of the consent form before each treatment to make sure your medical history has not changed and you are happy to proceed.

Written by Mya Smith


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